Boys’ Brigade

Aims & Objectives

The Boys’ Brigade is a uniformed youth organisation for Boys whose objective is “The advancement of Christ’s Kingdom among boys and the promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness”.

There are around 70 Boys in the Company, split into three sections based on age. All sections meet in the Bothwell Parish Church Centre on Friday nights from September to May. The Company won the Battalion Best Company Trophy for 2010 and 2011.

VISIT the 1st Bothwell BB website

Anchor Boys – Age 5 – 7

Friday 17:30 – 18:30
Officer-in-Charge: Capt Robin McLean

Anchor Boys is all about having fun. A lot is packed into our hour, with team games, stories, drawing and making things all major activities.

Taking part in these activities earns the Boys stickers and when they have enough stickers they receive a Badge – Green for 1st years, Red for 2nd years and Blue for 3rd years. However, no Friday night would be complete without a game of Dodgy Ball and then the tuck shop!

The Anchor Boys do not take part in competitions but do have their own organised activities. Visits to shows or events can be included.

Junior Section – Age 8 – 10

Friday 18:30 – 20:00
Officer-in-Charge: Lt Ross Walker

Junior Section is a bit more formal. Boys take part in activities like Maze Marching, Bible and general quizzes, cross country running, board games and 5 a side football. Again there are stickers and badges to be earned, Target and Bronze in 1st year, Silver in 2nd and Gold in 3rd.

There are also Battalion Competitions to take part in. Boys from Junior Section have won prizes in the Battalion General Knowledge and Bible quizzes and have won the Battalion marching shield in 2010 and 2011.

Company Section – Age 11 – 18

Friday 20:00 – 22:00
Officer-in-Charge: Capt Robin McLean

The Company Section has a much wider award scheme which allows the boys to eventually earn the Queens’ Badge – the highest award in the BB. Drew and Jack Chriton and Blair Smith Several disciplines are covered, including Christian faith, interests and hobbies, camping and expedition, drill and leadership skills.

We also participate in Battalion Competitions and have achieved some success, particularly in the Quiz which we won for 9 years running and in drill, which we have held for 12 years. We have also had success at Scottish level in drill.

The Company is always looking for new members – both Boys and Officers. We have a dedicated group of Volunteers who work with the boys – and get just as much out of being part of the company.